"empty the clip" Alabama Republican: sorry I called blacks "aborigines"...

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...but it only took him three months to do it.

Alabama state Sen.Scott Beason has apologized
for calling black people "aborigines".His words calling black people aborigines were taped during an FBIgambling corruption probe.

From Politico:

"GARDENDALE,Ala. — A powerful Republican leader in the Alabama Senate apologized Tuesday for referring to blacks as “aborigines” onrecordings played during a federal gambling corruption trial.


Sen.Scott Beason of Gardendale said his comments “were careless and unnecessary” and he wants to set things right. Democrats said heought to step down as chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, even though the Republican Caucus has said he would remain.


Beasonwas recorded making the remarks about gamblers in predominantly black Greene County. He made the recordings while helping the FBI investigate claims of lawmakers being bribed by gambling interests to pass a bill legalizing video poker games.


In one transcript, Beason and two other Republican legislators were talking about economic development in Greene County and the customers at one of its largest employers, Greene track casino in Eutaw.


That’s y’all’s Indians,” one Republican said.
They’re aborigines, but they’re not Indians,” Beason replied...

...State Democratic chairman Mark Kennedy said Beason’s remarks were part of an embarrassing record that includes sponsoring Alabama’s tough new law cracking down on illegal immigration. Kennedy also pointed to Beason saying during a GOP meeting that the party should
“empty the clip” and do what it takes to control illegal immigration...“



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So, what makes this news, other than the fact that calling black people„aborigines“ is obviously just about as racist as racist can get?


1.) Well, it is the fact that this story is not new. This story broke on June 17, 2011, MORE THAN THREE MONTHS ago. From politicalwire.com:


"Alabama state senator Scott Beason (R), who recorded several conversations for a FBI corruption probe, called black customers of a gambling hall "aborigines" during one taped conversation, the AP reports."



If Scott Beason had really been interested in making amends, then he could and should have come out on June 18, 2011 to apologize, not three months later. Once the AP story was out, there was no going back. Surely Beason knew that his recorded remarks would be played during the trial at some time. This apology is only out of political expediency. And you have to question the man's common sense for saying this stuff while KNOWING that he wascarrying a microphone for the FBI. He cannot claim that he was set upin any way, for he took part in the FBI probe quite willingly.

2.) And according to the defense in the case, a point which the prosecution has admitted, Beason himself went out and bought his own recording equipment to use in the investigation. Politico fails to mention this.

Here is a video of defense lawyer Joe Espy talking about Beason. You will want to watch all 5:37 of this:

[video=youtube;vdUUSJGbfMs]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdUUSJGbfMs[/video]

The part about Beason going out and buying his own recording devices is mentioned at 4:20 in the vid.

This vid is also interesting. Sen. Harri Anne Smith called for Beason's resignation on June 16, 2011:

[video=youtube;vG4C6ao8OYE]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vG4C6ao8OYE[/video]

(gets interesting around 0:56)

I will be posting more information about this case and Beason's involvement in it in the next days.

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My take: there is no other way to look at this than to say it is 100% racism and the "apology" is coming far too late. All of the facts speak against Beason. And btw, the other Republican who is not named in the transcript who said "That's y'all's Indians" is not much better. Beason and the Alabama GOP have known about this since the tapes were played at the trial. This is really damning stuff.

 
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Oops... another rightwing isolated incident!
Seems to be lots of these, yet the Republibaggers continue to wonder why everyone sees them as racists.
 
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Another case of a politician with foot in mouth disease. Shocking. :stupid:
 
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Waiting for the name George Wallace to poop up and the Repubers and Tea-Wingers to make excuses that an old now dead racist Democtat did that so it's ok they can do it also.
 
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Oops... another rightwing isolated incident!
Seems to be lots of these, yet the Republibaggers continue to wonder why everyone sees them as racists.
Well hell yeh and all of those racist signs at the TEA RALLIES by TWingers were all isolated cases.
 
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Any reaction from the actual Aborigines?
If you are meaning the term that these people actually belong to, then I don't know if the native dwellers from Australia and Co. have taken a position. But it does not change the fact that the term "aborigine" was used very often in the Deep South as a racist term to describe blacks. There is just no getting around this and no amount of deflection will change this fact.